Whether it’s choosing the right replacement or enhancing something you already have, our consultants can help you with your critical line of business applications
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Why choose Lorvenk as your Line of Business Application Partner?
- We use a proven process honed over many software development projects
- We use a lightweight, low-cost toolset that minimizes licensing and hosting and maintenance costs
- We are a team of industry veterans with repeated client results
- Our clients say we’re “Smart + Fun,” meaning we ramp fast on their business and are a pleasure to work with
Example LoB App Development Using Outlook
A line of business (LoB) application is one that a business unit relies on to provide critical functionality; without it, they would have difficulty doing their jobs. Why are new line of business apps constantly being built, and why do some companies make big investments in custom LoB apps?
How Line-Of-Business Systems Evolve
As their environment changes, clever business groups find new and better ways to operate. Alone in green pastures, these innovative business units find that their business models have changed enough that they are no longer well served by standard line of business apps. To satisfy their unusual needs, they seek custom software solutions tailored to them.
As other groups follow suit in changing the way they do business, it becomes profitable for software companies to offer a standard product that generally fulfills the needs of the innovators. As more software products enter the market, variations are filled in until an “off-the-shelf” solution is a more sensible choice than creating a custom application. It is therefore critical prior to undertaking a software development project to understand where on this continuum the line of business lies.
When To Go Custom With A Line of Business Application
Is the group doing things the standard way, the same way it’s done at all your competitors? If so, there is likely a standard application that will serve their needs well and is also economical. Are they doing things differently simply because they lack processes and organization? In this case, adopting a standard LoB application can help to not only support the group but force them to comply with industry-accepted work processes.On the other hand, if you believe that the business group in question is intentionally doing things in a way that is unusual and valuable, you have another decision to make. Is the group being served well enough by their current line of business applications, or does it make sense to create a piece of custom software for them?
Lorvenk can assist you in researching and making this build versus buy decision. You may not be excited about spending good money with a software company and not receiving any software, but there is a reason that generally accepted software development frameworks, such as the Microsoft Solution Framework, include envisioning and planning phases and go/no-go checkpoints. The expected value of making the right decision up front far outweighs the cost of the decision making process.